BLUEFIELD — Eric McClanahan isn’t satisfied.
McClanahan led the Bluefield Beavers to a 23-14 win last Friday over Herbert Hoover, and has been selected as the Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week.
Still, he wasn’t all that pleased with his performance, and Bluefield head coach Fred Simon isn’t surprised.
“I thought Eric played well, but he can do better,” Simon said. “I think he’s in the same boat with the rest of the team, he’s improving, but, still, we’ve got a long ways to go.”
In his first season as a full-time starting quarterback for the Beavers, McClanahan exhibited significant poise during the win over the Huskies, completing 10-of-16 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a score, but also threw a pair of interceptions.
“I had a few points in the game where I disappointed myself, but then there were times when I stepped up and did pretty good as a quarterback,” said McClanahan, who added a pair of tackles on defense. “I think I helped lead the team to a winning game and that’s always a good thing going into the playoffs in a few weeks.
“This game helped us out with momentum going into these next two games, which are going to be two tough back-to-back games. I felt like I did all right, but I feel like I need to improve in the following weeks and just get better as the season goes on.”
Next up for the Beavers are the top two ranked AA teams in West Virginia, starting Friday at James Monroe, followed the next Saturday by a visit to Scott in Charleston.
While McClanahan was able to make the needed plays against the Huskies last Friday, Simon knows he’ll have to continue to improve in the coming weeks.
“I think he’s done an adequate job, but I expect a lot more out of him,” Simon said. “I think he can do better in a lot of different roles as far as leadership and fundamentals and then reads and everything else.
“I’m very proud that he got the award, but I still think he has a long way to go and hopefully he’ll continue working to get there.”
There’s no hoping about it. That is definitely part of McClanahan’s plans.
“I think I’m getting a lot more poise as a quarterback and I think I’m getting a little bit stronger and I think I’m going through my progressions better,” McClanahan said. “There are still some things I think I need to work on in the offseason and through this season.
“I think after I get those few things ironed out we will be a great team and I think I’ll be able to lead them to a few more victories.”
McClanahan, who started at quarterback in last year’s state championship game loss to Weir, was poised throughout last Friday, helping the Beavers to build a big lead against the turnover-prone Huskies.
“That just comes with experience. Going into that game, we had our new offensive front and they just gave me the time that I needed and I just kept my poise with it,” McClanahan said. “I went through my progressions and when I saw an open person I just threw it to them.”
McClanahan is the first Bluefield player to win this award since 2004. While the award is nice, the hardware that he really wants to hoist is the state championship trophy, which was last won by the Beavers in...2004.
“It’s great to win an award, but I’d rather have the team keep continue winning and make it to the playoffs,” McClanahan said. “After we go to the playoffs, I want us to keep winning and make it to the state championship.
“Then when the team gets the state championship trophy, that’s when you can look back at this and say that I helped contribute to the team winning a state championship and that’s when you can really be proud of winning an award.”
Big Creek: Emmanuel Foster, 95 yards Rush, 90 yards REC, 3 TD in a 52-30 loss to Iaeger...Cody Johnson, 8-for-13 for 191 yds...Ronnie Benton, 2-85 REC, 1 TD.
Bland County, Tyler Pennington, 162 yards RUSH, 44 yards PASS, 2 TD in 26-6 win over Narrows...Thomas Willis, 2 17-yard TD receptions.
Bluefield: Jake Lilly, 16 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions in 23-14 win over Herbert Hoover...Jeremy Hurt, 14 tkls, 1 sack, 1 FR...Matthew Carter, 13 tackles, 1 FR...J.T. Powell, 12 tkls, 8 carries, 41 yds, INT...Ansel Ponder, 5-42 yds, REC, Int.
Giles: Nathan Tanner, 181 yards RUSH, 1 TDD...James White, 8 tkls, Int with 10 seconds left in regulation; also combined with Fred Helm to make the game-ending tackle in overtime...Chris Spangler, 8 tkls.
Mount View: Deontae Baker, 9-15-164 yards, 1 TD, 9-64 RUSH in Knights’ 31-28 overtime loss to James Monroe...Cordero High, 16-146, 3 TD...Rapheal Cooper, 9 tkls, FR...Antonion Horton, 9 tkls.
Narrows: Brett Buracker, 142 yards PASS, 1 TD in 26-6 loss to Bland County.
Princeton: Brandon Croy, 147 yds RUSH in 24-14 win over Capital.
Richlands: Caleb Jennings, 12-110, 4 TD in 48-7 romp at Virginia High...Justin McCracken, 17-21-225, 2 TD, 1 RUSH TD...Ben Addison, 3- 71 REC, 1 TD...Austin Fuller, 5-51 REC...Matt Davis, 71/2 tkls.
Tazewell: Eric McDaniel, 13-134, RUSH 2 TD in 37-13 win over Marion...T.J. Rasnick, 8-102, RUSH 1 TD.
Twin Valley: Wyatt Justus, 146 yards RUSH, 2 TD in 34-12 win over Montcalm...Garrett Horne, 149 yards RUSH, 2 TD.
BLUEFIELD — Eric McClanahan isn’t satisfied.
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